The Faenza based team is at Imola for a two day test. Yuki Tsunoda gets plenty of time to get used to the team and Formula 1.
Tsunoda competed for Carlin in his sole Formula 2 campaign, taking third in the championship, with four pole positions and a trio of victories.
“I think he will succeed because he is naturally fast,” Carlin said in an interview with the official Formula 2 website.
“His hand eye coordination and what he does in the car, he is naturally good at.
“As long as he doesn’t get bombarded with too much technical responsibility initially, and if he gets a little bit of time to focus on his driving, then I think he will make massive steps.
“From the middle of the season onwards, I think he will be super quick and start to threaten Pierre. I really think he will.”
Carlin added that he was taken aback by Tsunoda’s raw ability in Formula 2.
“I was happy to have him on board because I had seen Yuki race so hard in F3, and F2 is a real racer’s championship,” he said.
“I didn’t expect him to get up to speed so quickly though, or to truly understand the tyres from a race point of view as fast as he did.
“He could qualify – his qualifying was exceptional and better than we expected as well – but his understanding of the tyres was even better. He was far better than we ever anticipated.”
Tsunoda will be one of three rookies on the 2021 Formula 1 grid, with Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin forming Haas’ line-up.
TSUNODA FIRST ON TRACK AT IMOLA FOR ALPHATAURI IN 2021
Not only Ferrari is testing its new driver in the person of Carlos Sainz this week, but AlphaTauri is also doing so. The Faenza based team is at Imola for a two day test. Yuki Tsunoda gets plenty of time to get used to the team and Formula 1.
This is not the first time Tsunoda has driven a Formula 1 car. In 2020, he tested for AlphaTauri at Imola. This took place just before it was announced that he would take over the seat from Daniil Kvyat in 2021.
At the moment, as was announceds, the 2018 car is being driven. The 2021 car will reportedly also be driven during a filming day sometime in the next few days, but that does not seem to be the case at the moment. It would also be very early to have this car on the track.
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THE NEXT RACE 2021
|Bahrain ||26 Mar|
|14:30 - 15:30||Free practice 1|
|18:00 - 19:00||Free practice 2|
|15:00 - 16:00||Free practice 3|
|18:00 - 19:00||Qualifying|
|18:00 - 20:00||Race|
|Bahrain||57 laps||308.238 km|